Profiles in Heroism 1#: Black Wing II
You know that scene in Watchmen
where Ozymandias surveys the huge number of Computer Screens displaying random screens of television programs and news then picks out trends from what he sees? That's Black Wing II's life in a nutshell. He's evolved into being the smartest or second smartest man in the world and wields more power than Divinos through the most dangerous weapon in the world; his mind.
The current Black Wing has arguably surpassed all of his predecessors with a career that spans not only the Golden Age but the Silver Age, the Iron Age, the Modern Era, and the Future of Wonders as well. The Raven Foundation is the world's largest philanthropic organization and is interested in making positive changes to the world like solving those problems in Africa like AIDs and world hunger while discussing how to make a profit while being environmentally sound.
So, given he's effectively what happens if Lex Luthor was not such a self-absorbed jerkass, then what exactly motivates him to put on a cape and beat up criminals every day? Because, not to put too fine a point on it, there's a fine line between genius and insanity.
Black Wing II needs the rush of helping people on the ground and the life or death struggle of the martial arts to bring him down to Earth. It'd be too easy to become a chessmaster or a Manipulative Monster otherwise. It also explains his somewhat James Bond lifestyle. Alex thrives on the rush of romance to keep him human. Women, by contrast, are attracted to his intense personality and personal charisma.
Alexander Timons personally recognizes that he's running a major risk now by continuing to put himself in the dangerous situations that he is. Really, his secret identity isn't so secret anymore, since Alexander Timons the secret identity is a far more larger than life character than he ever really intended. He's also aware that the Raven Foundation will more or less fall apart without him at the head should some random mugger get lucky someday.
On the other hand, he's also growing honestly weary of the pressures of his genius too. Being Black Wing is much easier than being Alexander Timons and he's honestly considered abandoning his 'normal' identity as a way to run away from the pressures. The fact he's intensely lonely, something that many men would want to punch him in the face for given his romantic history, only contributes to it.
As one jilted lover said "Alex would be a lot happier if he wasn't trying to be a Byronic Hero all the time."
: A series of bases underneath Falconcrest City. They used to belong to the original Black Wing but have since been converted to Alex's use. Only Dawn Wing, Ultramind 2, and Maggie Lee know where all of them are.
Raven Foundation Towers
: In New Amsterdam, Los Dios, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Falconcrest City amongst other cities that the writers wish Alex to visit. All of them are state of the art buildings also blessed with their own laboratories and secret lairs for Black Wing to operate out of.
Mayor Michael Russo
: David Morton is the belabored Mayor of Falconcrest City and a man that has seen too many good cops gunned down and too many innocents killed to be anything but cynical about the city. Mayor David Morton has more or less figured out that Black Wing II is probably the old Dawn Wing but actually disputes the idea that Alexander Timons is him. The basic idea being that he can't imagine anyone whose a billionaire would care what happens to the common people (a bit of classism that comes from his Italian American background of poverty).
Michael adopted the Chinese daughter of one of his police officers as he was gunned down. Ironically, he's thinking of retiring from his position because he's no longer sure he can hold off the various groups that are trying to move into Falconcrest City like SpartaCorp. (which has tried to privatize the police force on a couple of occasions like OCP from RoboCop).
: A Chinese-American police officer that now works for Interpol/The Foundation for World Harmony. She's also the daughter of Mayor Russo. Maggie Lee has the unique distinction of being Crimson Dove
, the short lived female version of Black Wing that appeared on the streets of Falconcrest City while Black Wing was unable to patrol the city due to his time traveling. A student of Kung Fu King's Academy, Maggie Lee is noteworthy of being actually a better fighter than Black Wing II in most respects. She's since left behind her days of being a costumed vigilante to focus on regular police work but remains one of Black Wing II's most powerful allies. As she said "I knew he was Alexander Timons before it was blindingly obvious."
A bit of a second mother to Dawn Wing II, a thought that depresses her greatly as she gets older, he honestly wishes that the two of them would get together and form a family. That's unlikely to ever happen given Maggie has no desire to become the trophy wife of a billionaire. Ironically, she's in love with Black Wing II not Alexander Timons.
Oh and please no Chun-Lee jokes, she's heard them all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCV5l5l1kLs
: A fat and corrupt Reporter, Stephen Gray is always somehow on the scenes of crimes and somehow always manages to avoid the International Crime League's wrath for reporting the truth and nothing but the truth. Personally, Stephen Gray hates Black Wing and wishes the city would be without its caped freaks but has gradually come to respect the man despite himself. Stephen Gray, ironically, knows George Timons was the original Black Wing but can't believe Alex Timons is the real thing.
: Blessed with the personality of Dorothy R. Waynewright and slightly more expressive than Rei Ayanami, Ultramind 2, goes by the name "Miss Crow." The unsettling maid of the Patriots Mansion and every other mansion thanks to be an AI diffused over several bodies, Ultramind 2 keeps the entirety of Alex's businesses running while they're on their way. It would be wrong to describe their relationship as romantic, Ultramind 2 isn't built that way. Instead, she provides him with much of the emotional and mental support that Alfred provides others. She's also the only person in the world who can occasionally address him as a moron.
: Former Romantic Partner and still occasional associate. Alex and she are unlikely to reconcile given their increasing differences. Fundamentally, she's started to move on and Alex doesn't think that he can go back to the innocent days of the past.
Dawn Wing II
: Alex's son for all intents and purposes, Dawn Wing II is still one of the best defenders of Falconcrest City when Alex is away relieving famine or something. Honestly, he's become closer to George Timons since then and some have suggested he might take up the mantle of Black Wing III in the future.
: A closer associate. Alex risks his fortune and his respectability assisting the Tomorrow Society. In fact, he's often come close to exposure and bankrupting himself by financially underwriting the organization. Ironically, the Red Queen loves Alex but doesn't care for the persona of Black Wing.
Steel Commando III
: Alex's closest friend. Steel Commando II and he have a relationship a bit like Tony Stark and Jim Rhodes. SC is frequently frustrated with Alex's lies and manipulations but they remain close friends thanks to SC's providing Alex with the moral certainty he frequently lacks.
: Black Dragon has tried on numerous occasions to kill Black Wing. Black Dragon's sheer insanity prevents any plan from being able to work perfectly. The fact the wisecracking ninja is capable of testing him to the limits and past via the martial arts doesn't help. In fact, several times, the only thing that has saved Alex is the fact he's aware Black Dragon is dying and has postponed the assassin's death by a few years by devoting his genius to coming up with stop gap solutions. Even Alex has been unable to totally cure BD yet.
Death Mask III
: The archnemesis of archnemeses. Death Mask III is the enemy of Divinos primarily but his relationship is far more personal with his son. Alex desires to destroy PHANTOM and SpartaCorp and has successfully managed to strike back at it and create powerblocks capable of resisting it, feats only matched by Dame Holmes. Death Mask III tolerates this and is toying with his son. Eventually, however, he intends to show him the true power of a Moriarty.
: While the Iron Khan is primarily the enemy of Steel Commando III, his daughter deeply desires to kill Black Wing for his numerous defeats of her despite her superior martial arts skill. In fact, the only person capable of cleanly defeating Emerald Dragon in the martial arts is Maggie Lee (probably the world's second greatest martial artist). Black Wing has simply won because of his superior intelligence and tactical skills, which infuriates her to no end.
Unlike Talia and Batman, there is no romance with the Emerald Dragon, merely hatred. The original Black Wing, however, had a romance with her as has Steel Commando II.
Gang Lord Gorilla
:The ultimate evil of Falconcrest City. Black Wing has considered several times killing the Inhuman Simian due to the sheer depravity of the man. In the end, he's backed away because of the massive massacres that would occur in the resulting gang war. Nevertheless, he has vowed to someday bring him to justice.
More devoted is Maggie Lee whose father was killed by the Ape Lord. It's questionable which has done more damage to his operations over the years.
: Less an archenemy than a constant annoyance. Black Wing II has little sympathy for Gargoyle despite his cursed state and honestly just does his best to send the superpowered crook back to prison everytime he breaks out. In fact, the Gargoyle makes it easier by heading straight to Falconcrest for revenge whenever he does. Gargoyle has repeatedly proven surprisingly skilled at getting out of New Alcatraz and he's starting to wonder if his powers don't include more abilities than he thought.
International Crime League
:The source of all evil in Falconcrest City. Black Wing I and II has prevented the city from becoming a kleptocracy and is responsible for driving their HQ out of the city into Las Vegas. Both Black Wing and Michelle Holmes are committed to seeing the organization destroyed. Were they ever to get the Foundation to move away from their mission of destroying PHANTOM for a bit, they just might suceed.